Here at Unibet, we’re proud to announce that we will be the main sponsors of the Champions League of Darts which will be taking place this weekend in Cardiff. Keep an eye out for our monstrous Land Rover which will be parked in the arena, where you’ll be able to get your hands on free merchandise that we’re giving away for free which includes T shirts, caps and foam hands. And don’t worry, the whole arena will have free wifi, so you’ll be able to access the Unibet sports app and place live bets on darts while watching the action unfold.
All the action will be broadcasted live on the BBC, so if you can’t join us in Cardiff, you’ll still be able to follow all the action from your favourite armchair!
The Unibet Champions League of Darts kicks off for the first time on Saturday and the whole darts world will be watching.
Cardiff is set to host the biggest names in the sport, with Michael van Gerwen, Phil Taylor and Gary Anderson all leading the betting for the title.
Unibet is proud to be backing this inaugural tournament and we’ve got a huge number of markets on our award-winning sportsbook so you can bet live on the darts over the weekend.
How the Unibet Champions League of Darts Works
The idea is simple. The world’s top eight players are placed into two groups of four. Everyone plays each other once in their group, with two of the ties taking place on the Saturday and the third on Sunday. The top two in each group progress to the semi-final where it becomes a straight knockout. This happens on Sunday evening.
The winner gets a €116,000 share of the overall prize fund, which is a sweet deal for just two days of darts. This is the inaugural Champions League on the PDC circuit and we can expect the tournament to grow in prestige over the years to come.
Who is playing in the Unibet Champions League of Darts?
The top eight PDC players in the world include four Englishmen, three Scots and a Dutchman. Of course, Holland’s Michael van Gerwen is the No1 seed and favourite. He is fresh off winning the European Darts Grand Prix in Sindelfingen and throwing as well as ever.
Second seed Gary Anderson — 2016 World Champion — tops Group B alongside Englishman Adrian Lewis, James Wade and Michael Smith. Van Gerwen’s task is to beat old nemesis Phil Taylor and Scottish duo Peter Wright and Robert Thornton in Group A.
Who plays who?
Van Gerwen v Thornton will kick off proceedings on Saturday, as the tournament’s highest seed plays the lowest. The same will then happen in Group B with Anderson v Smith. The middling seeds of Taylor v Wright and Lewis v Wade will then follow. From then on, the winners of those first legs will play each other, while the losers will face off. And the third round of games will then be decided on Sunday.
Unibet Champions League of Darts betting
Van Gerwen is favourite at 1.73 to win the Unibet Champions League of Darts. It’s a good price considering he sometimes goes into tournaments at shorter odds. It’s also a good price in that players in the Champions League do have a second chance if they endure a nightmare game. One defeat in the group stage does not necessarily mean you’re out.
Van Gerwen won his sixth European Tour title last weekend and looks pumped for this tournament. He is a big-game player and is 1.57 to win Group A.
However, Anderson has continued his rise up the PDC ranks this year and is equally likely to win his group, at 2.10. That is a far tastier price but beware, Anderson v Lewis could be a classic showdown. The Scot only recently overturned a losing record against his English counterpart. Anderson leads Lewis 25-19 but the latter remains an interesting price at 3.50 to win Group B.
If you’re looking for a banker then Taylor to beat Wright at 1.40 should cause you no problems. Taylor is 17-6 against Wright with three draws. He should dispatch the 46-year-old with relative comfort.
In fact, a four-way combination bet backing the favourites in each of the first matches is possibly the best shout of the tournament. Not only is it a realistic feat but it also bumps up the price of heavy favourites such as Van Gerwen (1.07 on his own to beat Thornton) and Anderson (1.28 to beat Smith).
A €10 combination bet on the four favourites in the first games of the Champions League will earn €33.17 if it comes off. Not a bad way to start the weekend.